I just spotted a product I felt the need to write about, but have no fear: the LA local gift guide is continuing on (I just know you're waiting on pins and needles for the remainder of it).
Hot chocolate is such a pleasure, and this new delivery system is pretty cool. The Chocolate Company, based in the Netherlands, has produced a rich, perfect "instant" hot chocolate that actually tastes extraordinary. Each wooden spoon has a flavored chocolate chunk stuck to it. Just heat milk, pour into your mug of choice, and stir the chunk of chocolaty goodness until it's perfect. There's even tiny vials of alcoholic accompaniment for a "grown up" version. Yum.
Admittedly, all this innovation and quality doesn't come cheap. It comes to over three bucks a cup for a box of 20 spoons. But it would be so fun, and such a great gift for a party. Give it a shot, or at least a stir, at www.chocolatecompany.com.